Middle Grade Mavens

Episode 12: The Mavens review: The wizards of once / The Bland Sisters

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By Julie Grasso
Welcome to Middle Grade Mavens, where two Australian author mums discuss their favourite middle-grade books, provide recommendations and share insider industry tips for authors trying their hand at middle grade.
Julie Anne Grasso is the author of the Frankie Dupont Mystery series, cupcake enthusiast and part-time children’s literacy wrangler.
Pamela Ueckerman is a writer, web designer and volunteer librarian who sometimes finds time for sleep.
Both Julie and Pamela devour middle-grade books not only for research but also to share with their combined brood of four munchkins.
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Episode 16: The Mavens review: Elizabella Meets Her Match / Pog
This week on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Elizabella Meets Her Match,” by Zoe Norton Lodge, Illustrated by Georgia Norton Lodge and Julie reviews, "Pog," by Padraig Kenny. Author links: https://www.walkerbooks.com.au/Authors_and_Illustrators/Zoe-Norton-Lodge Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title:  Elizabella Meets Her Match Author: Zoe Norton Lodge Format: Paperback Publisher: Walker Books Australia Date: 1 October 2018 ISBN: 9781760650544 https://www.chickenhousebooks.com/books/pog/    Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Pog Author: Padraig Kenny Format: Paperback Publisher: Chicken House Books Date: 1 May 2019 ISBN: 9781911077657 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle 
17:21
April 17, 2019
Episode 15: The Mavens review: The Girl That Drank The Moon / The Witching Hours; The Vampire Knife
In this weeks episode, Pamela reviews, "The Girl That Drank The Moon," by Kelly Barnhill, and Julie reviews, "The Witching Hours; The Vampire Knife," by Jack Henseleit.   Author links:  https://kellybarnhill.wordpress.com/  Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.   Title: The Girl That Drank The Moon  Author: Kelly Barnhill  Format: Paperback Publisher: Templar Publishing   Date: 24 August 2017 ISBN: 9781848126473  https://jackhenseleit.com/   Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.   Title: The Witching Hours : The Vampire Knife  Author: Jack Henseleit  Format: Paperback  Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont  Date: 1 Feb 2019  ISBN: 9781760504298  To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ Or stop by Twitter for a chat at  https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
41:44
April 11, 2019
Episode 14: The Mavens review: Ateban Cipher : The Book of Answers/ Malamander
 Today on the Mavens, Pamela reviews," Ateban Cipher: The Book of Answers," by Alison Tait,  and Julie reviews, "Malamander," by Thomas Taylor  Author links: https://allisontait.com/  Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Ateban Cipher: The book of Answers Author: A.L Tait Format: Paperback Publisher: Hachette Date: March 27 2018 ISBN: 9780734417695   https://www.walkerbooks.com.au/Books/Malamander-9781406386288  Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Malamander Author: Thomas Taylor Format: Paperback Publisher: Walker Books  Date: May 1 2019 ISBN: 9781406386288 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ Find us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
56:01
April 3, 2019
Episode 13: The Mavens review: The Dog Runner /Catch a Falling Star
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, " The dog runner," by Bren MacDibble, and Julie reviews, "Catch a falling star," by Meg McKinlay, plus Meg stops by for some authorly banter. Author links: http://www.macdibble.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: The Dog Runner Author: Bren MacDibble Format: Paperback Publisher: Allen & Unwin Date: 4th February 2019 ISBN: 9781760523572 https://megmckinlay.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Catch A Falling Star Author: Meg McKinlay Format: Paperback Publisher: Walker Books Australia Date: 1st March 2019 ISBN: 9781925381207 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
42:10
March 27, 2019
Episode 12: The Mavens review: The wizards of once / The Bland Sisters
 Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The wizards of once," by Cressida Cowell, and Julie reviews, The unintentional adventures of the Bland Sisters, the Jolly Regina," by Kara LaReau, Illustrated by Jen Hill  Author links:  https://www.cressidacowell.co.uk/  Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: The Wizards of Once Author: Cressida Cowell Format: Paperback Publisher: Hachette Date: 19th September 2017 ISBN: 9781444936704 https://karalareau.com/      Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters  Author: Kara Lareau Format: Hardcover Publisher: Amulet Date: 1st March 2017 ISBN: 9781419721366 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
16:54
March 21, 2019
Episode 11: The Mavens review: The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee / Max Booth Future Sleuth
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee," by Deborah Abela, and Julie reviews, "Max Booth Future Sleuth, Tape Escape," by Cameron Macintosh. And Cameron also drops in to the Mavens hot seat for some authorly banter. Author links:  https://www.deborahabela.com/  Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee Author: Deborah Abela Format: Paperback Publisher: Random House Australia Date: 1st August 2016 ISBN: 9781925324822 https://www.cameronemacintosh.com.au/  Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Max Booth Future Sleuth Book 1 Author: Cameron Macintosh Format: Paperback Publisher: Big Sky Publishing Date: 22nd June 2017 ISBN: 9781925520606    To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
37:21
March 14, 2019
Episode 10: The Mavens review Lenny's Book of Everything / The Beast of Hushing Wood
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Lenny's Book of Everything," by Karen Foxlee, and Julie reviews, "The Beast of Hushing Wood," by Gabrielle Wang.  Author Links: https://karenfoxlee.com/  Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Lenny’s Book Of Everything Author: Karen Foxlee  Format: Paperback  Publisher: Allen & Unwin  Date: 24th October 2018  ISBN: 9781760529444  https://gabriellewang.com/  Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.   Title: The Beast Of Hushing Wood  Author: Gabrielle Wang  Format: Paperback  Publisher: Penguin Books Australia  Date: 3rd April 2017  ISBN: 9780143309178    To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
45:57
March 7, 2019
Episode 9 : The Mavens review: The orchard underground / Wundersmith
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Julie reviews, "The orchard underground," by Mat Larkin, and Pamela reviews, " Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend,  plus Mat also stops by for some authorly banter.  Author links: https://matlarkin.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: The Orchard Underground Author: Mat Larkin  Format: Paperback  Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Date: 1st May 2018 ISBN: 9781760500856 Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  https://www.hachette.com.au/jessica-townsend/ Title: Wundersmith  Author: Jessica Townsend Format: Paperback Publisher: Hachette Date: 30th October 2018 ISBN: 9780734418227 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
46:11
February 28, 2019
Episode 8: The Mavens review: How to win a nobel prize / Murder most unladylike
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "How to win a Nobel prize," and Julie reviews, 'Murder most unladylike."   Author links: http://lornahendry.com/ https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/medicine/2005/marshall/facts/ https://robin-stevens.co.uk/ To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
21:17
February 21, 2019
Episode 7: The Mavens review: The house with a clock in its walls / Brightstorm
Today on middle grade mavens, Pamela reviews, “The House with a clock in its walls,” by John Bellairs and Julie reviews, "Brightstorm," by Vashti Hardy. Author links: https://www.vashtihardy.com/ To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
17:01
February 14, 2019
Episode 2: Danielle Binks on middle-grade plus reviews: Swallow's Dance / Wyrd
Julie chats with Danielle Binks of Jacinta di Mase Literary management, for more insider information on what exactly middle-grade is. Plus Pamela reviews, "Swallow's Dance" by Wendy Orr and Julie reviews, "Wyrd" by Cate Whittle. Then, for a super special treat, Julie interviews Cate Whittle about writing, publishing and everything in between.  Author links: https://www.wendyorr.com/ Title: Swallow’s Dance Author: Wendy Orr Format: Paperback Publisher: Allen & Unwin Date: 27th June 2018 ISBN: 9781760297879 https://www.catewhittlewrites.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Wyrd  Author: Cate Whittle Format: Paperback Publisher: Scholastic Australia Date: 1st August 2018 ISBN: 9781742994321 Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
42:37
February 13, 2019
Episode 6: The Mavens review: Wakestone Hall / Fortunately the milk
Today on middle grade mavens, Pamela reviews, “Wakestone Hall,” by Judith Rossell and Julie reviews, "Fortunately the milk," by Neil Gaiman, plus Judith stops by for some authorly banter.   Author links: https://judithrossell.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Wakestone Hall Author: Judith Rossell Format: Paperback Publisher: Harper Collins Date: 22nd October 2018 ISBN: 9780733338205 http://www.neilgaiman.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Fortunately The Milk  Author: Neil Gaiman Format: Paperback Publisher: Bloomsbury Date: 1st June 2014 ISBN: 9781408841792 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
23:20
February 7, 2019
Episode 5: The Mavens review: The mulberry tree / Louisiana’s way
Today on middle grade Mavens Julie reviews, "The Mulberry Tree," by Allison Rushby, and Pamela reviews, "Louisiana's Way," by Kate Di Camillo. Plus, Julie convinces Allison to join us for some authorly banter.  Author links: http://allisonrushby.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: The Mulberry Tree Author: Allison Rushby Format: Paperback  Publisher: Walker Books Date: 1/07/2018 ISBN: 9781760650292 https://www.katedicamillo.com/books.html Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Louisianna’s way home Author: Kate Di Camillo Format: Paperback Publisher: Walker Books Date: 02/10/2018 ISBN: 9781406385588 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
34:52
February 1, 2019
Episode 4: The Mavens review: Frankie Fish / The girl with the broken wing
Episode 4: Today on middle grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Frankie Fish and the sonic suitcase," by Peter Helliar, and Julie reviews, "The girl with the broken wing," by Heather Dyer. Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Frankie Fish And The Sonic Suitcase Author: Peter Helliar  Format: Paperback Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Date: 1st March 2017 ISBN: 9781760128494   Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: The Girl With The Broken Wing Author: Heather Dyer Format: Paperback Publisher: Chicken House Books Date: 1st February 2018 ISBN: 9781911490241 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
14:31
January 24, 2019
Episode 3: The Mavens review: Tarin of the mammoths / Sherlock, Lupin and me
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Tarin of the Mammoths," by Jo Sandhu and Julie reviews, "Sherlock, Lupin and me," by Irene Adler.  Author links: http://www.josandhu.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Tarin of the Mammoths : The Exile book 1 Author: Jo Sandhu  Format: Paperback Publisher : Penguin Books Australia  Date: 2 Feb 2017 ISBN:  9780143309376 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
12:54
January 18, 2019
Episode 1 : What is Middle Grade plus reviews: Fearless Frederic / The Secret of the Night Train
What is middle grade? Julie asks insider expert Danielle Binks of Jacinta di Mase Literary Management. Plus Pamela reviews "Fearless Frederic," by Felice Arena and Julie reviews, "The Secret of the Night Train," by Sylvia Bishop. Author links:  Danielle Binks of https://www.jacintadimase.com.au/ https://www.felicearena.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Fearless Frederic Author: Felice Arena Format: Paperback Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Date: 2nd April 2018 ISBN: 9780143786757 http://dkwlitagency.co.uk/authors/sylvia-bishop/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: The Secret Of The Night Train Author: Sylvia Bishop  Format: Paperback Publisher: Scholastic UK Date: 1st August 2018 ISBN: 9781407184401 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to http://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by http://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ And also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
27:17
January 5, 2019
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